Milwaukee Aprilia scored a double points finish in Race 2 at Phillip Island, after a tough weekend at Round 1 of the series
Under new regulations for 2017 which saw a reverse grid for the first time in World Superbikes, riders Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty started 11th and 5th respectively. They were in the thick of the action from lights out, with both riders quickly progressing on the new Aprilia RSV4 RF.
After a crash on Saturday Lorenzo set out determined to progress in Race 2. He executed some good passes and quickly demonstrated a strong pace on his way to finishing 9th with 7 points.
From 5th place Eugene fought a thrilling battle with Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores for the lead. He rode hard but was unable to maintain his pace throughout and eventually came home in 10th with 6 points.
The results are not what the team hoped for coming to Phillip Island, but they have gained a wealth of invaluable data from Round 1 and will continue to progress and take steps toward the front of the grid for Round 2.
Round 2 of the 2017 WorldSBK season takes place at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand from 10-12 March.